International Trade

  • October 8, 2015

    ITA's Vietnamese Shrimp Probe Challenged By Domestic Cos.

    A committee representing domestic shrimp producers sued the U.S. on Thursday over a recent review of antidumping duties on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Vietnam, saying the International Trade Administration relied on aberrational information from Bangladesh in its investigation.

  • October 8, 2015

    UN Chief Orders Audit Of NGOs Linked To Bribery Allegations

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested an audit of two nongovernmental organizations linked to allegations that disgraced former General Assembly President John Ashe orchestrated a $1.3 million bribery scheme, Ban’s spokesman announced Thursday.

  • October 8, 2015

    State Dept. Can’t Move Clinton Email Cases Under One Judge

    The U.S. Department of State lost a bid Thursday to coordinate under one judge more than 30 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits requesting the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when a District of Columbia federal court found the cases are not similar enough.

  • October 8, 2015

    Commerce Plans To Alter Duties On Chinese Bed Bases

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday announced plans to revoke part of an anti-dumping duty order on imported wooden bedroom furniture from China following a request from a New York-based furniture company.

  • October 8, 2015

    WTO Nears Small Package Of Agreements For Dec. Summit

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo said Thursday that members are getting closer to striking a set of modestly sized agreements on agricultural export promotion, transparency and development issues in time for a closely watched December conference.

  • October 8, 2015

    Failed Bank's Shareholders Rip 'Keystone Kops' FinCEN Probe

    The lead shareholders in an Andorran bank that was shut down after the U.S. government determined that it was at risk of being used by terrorists and drug traffickers to launder money has sued the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, alleging that the determination process was a “Keystone Kops”-type fiasco.

  • October 8, 2015

    Commerce Alters Chinese Activated Carbon Dumping Margins

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has rejected calls to switch from Thailand to the Philippines to act as a market economy surrogate in its seventh administrative review of certain activated carbon from China, but has changed certain dumping margins established in its preliminary results, according to a Thursday notice.

  • October 8, 2015

    White House Threatens To Veto Oil Export Legislation

    The White House voiced its fervent opposition to a bill lifting the decades-old ban on oil exports that is due for congressional consideration this week, warning lawmakers that President Barack Obama is prepared to veto the legislation if it arrives on his desk.

  • October 8, 2015

    Finance Chairman Bristles At TPP's Drug, Tobacco Provisions

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, offered a fuller glimpse of his objections to the recently completed Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, chiding the pact for its insufficient protection of biologic medicines and its insulation of tobacco control measures from legal challenges.

  • October 7, 2015

    Lumber Liquidators To Pay $13.2M In DOJ Settlement

    Lumber Liquidators will pay $13.2 million to settle a Department of Justice investigation primarily related to hardwood flooring the company imported from foreign suppliers, including Eastern Russia, that harvested more timber than permitted, the company announced Wednesday.

  • October 7, 2015

    Clinton Signals Opposition To TPP Free Trade Deal

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out Wednesday against the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, breaking with the White House over a landmark pact she once touted as the “gold standard” and aligning with opposition voiced by challengers such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

  • October 7, 2015

    Rule Would Ease Bidding Regs For Humanitarian Missions

    The U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and the U.S. General Services Administration on Wednesday proposed amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation to relax competition rules for certain overseas contracts related to humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.

  • October 7, 2015

    Man Sentenced For Selling Bogus Parts To Navy Contractors

    A Massachusetts man on Tuesday was sentenced to 37 months in prison for importing counterfeit semiconductors from China and Hong Kong and reselling them to U.S. customers, including contractors of the U.S. Navy for use in nuclear submarines, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • October 7, 2015

    ITC Begins Process To Change Harmonized Tariff Codes

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has begun the process of making changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule for certain fish, wood, wood products and bed nets of warp knit fabrics, according to a notice published on its website Wednesday.

  • October 7, 2015

    EU, China Trade Talks Advance Despite IP, Fairness Concerns

    A trade agreement expected to be drawn up between the European Union and China by the end of the year is chugging along as representatives for both countries sat down for a seventh round of talks Wednesday, with the EU expressing concerns that Chinese state policies on intellectual property and Internet freedom could slow the process.

  • October 7, 2015

    State Dept. Signs Off On $243M Drone Sale To Spain

    The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday said that it had cleared the Spanish government's plan to buy four MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in a $243 million sale. 

  • October 7, 2015

    Chinese Herbicide Importer Says It's Not Infringing Patent

    Summit Agro USA LLC sued chemical manufacturing company FMC Corp. in Delaware federal court Wednesday in an effort to preclude any further litigation over a method used to manufacture a chemical used in its herbicides that is imported from China, which FMC has claimed infringes its patent.

  • October 7, 2015

    Fox Rothschild Adds Pharma Compliance Pro To NJ Office

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced Tuesday it has added a partner in its Princeton, New Jersey, office with significant experience handling regulatory compliance matters and more than 30 years of experience working in-house at major multinational pharmaceutical companies, including her most recent stint at the Vitamin Shoppe.

  • October 6, 2015

    Demise Of Int'l Data Sharing Pact Opens New Liability Frontier

    The European Court of Justice's Tuesday ruling invalidating the safe harbor agreement that enabled data transfers between the U.S. and European Union opens companies on both sides of the Atlantic up to increased scrutiny from EU regulators, who will be pushed harder by consumers to protect data that flows across the regions, attorneys say.

  • October 6, 2015

    Critics Fear TPP Sets Stage For Weakened Financial Regs

    Although the financial services section of the trade deal announced Monday by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries appears to include tools for governments to regulate financial firms, activists fear that the deal mimics the deregulatory push of previous agreements.

Expert Analysis

  • Hitachi Underscores Need For Robust FCPA Due Diligence

    Mark Mendelsohn

    A recent action against Hitachi Ltd. is further evidence of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s ability to use its expansive reach under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s accounting provisions to police bribery and bribery-related conduct that it may not be able to reach under the anti-bribery provisions, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • EU Safe Harbor Not So Safe — What Now?

    Susan L. Foster

    The European Union's highest court has declared the U.S.-EU data transfer safe harbor completely invalid. But even if your company relied exclusively on the safe harbor as the basis for its transfer of personal data from the EU to the U.S., not all hope is lost, say Susan Foster and Cynthia Larose at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • 5 Things Clients Never Tell Their Lawyers


    Given the times we live in, it is almost inevitable that everyone will, sooner or later, need to consult with legal counsel. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to discuss a few things that clients just won't tell their lawyers, says Francis Drelling, general counsel of Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • UK Modern Slavery Act: Public Shame In The Supply Chain

    Richard Tauwhare

    Businesses are increasingly expected to respect human rights wherever they operate. Though light on government regulation, the U.K. Modern Slavery Act is designed to engineer pressure from consumers, investors and the media, which could ultimately be more effective at driving up standards than the threat of legal enforcement action, says Richard Tauwhare at Dechert LLP.

  • In Congress: Energy, Budget, Boehner's Replacement

    Richard A. Hertling

    Budget negotiations and a House leadership election will consume much of the attention on Capitol Hill this week, following successful enactment of a continuing resolution to fund the government into December. Meanwhile, Speaker Boehner's recent announcement has set off a scramble in the Republican caucus of members eager to assume leadership posts for the remainder of the 114th Congress and beyond, say members of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Grading The TPP: Crafting A Good Free Trade Agreement

    Timothy C. Brightbill

    Regardless of the ultimate outcome of the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement the United States should not accept any free trade agreement unless it passes certain essential tests, says Timothy Brightbill at Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Lessons From Avon's FCPA-Related Settlements

    Riyaz Dattu

    When Avon Products Inc. first learned about potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act problems in China, it simply directed that internal control measures be instituted at the subsidiary, with no follow-up on the compliance initiatives. By the time Avon began a full-blown internal investigation, much of the damage had been done, say Riyaz Dattu and Sonja Pavic of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

  • Pope Francis And Pro Bono Publico


    Listening to Pope Francis last week as he made his way from Washington to New York to Philadelphia, one could be forgiven for imagining he was a poverty lawyer in robes. Again and again, he shone light on challenges that pro bono lawyers have wrestled with for years, including the death penalty, housing and homelessness, immigration and even climate change, say Kevin Curnin and Jennifer Colyer of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Insurance Chain Reaction From The Tianjin Port Explosion

    Matthew J. Gollinger

    The recent Tianjin port explosion will lead to massive supply chain disruption — which will no doubt impact the 285 Fortune 500 companies with offices there — and trigger countless master policies and global insurance programs written out of the United States due to large-scale contingent business interruption losses, say Matthew Gollinger and Qianwei Fu at Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.

  • Calif. 'Made In USA' Class Actions Ain't Going Away

    Karen F. Lederer

    While a recent amendment to California's "Made in USA" law came as a relief to manufacturers who faced the threat of class action litigation over products with de minimis foreign content, it does not mean the end of potential class action litigation in the state, judging from the Federal Trade Commission's steady enforcement of a standard with some leeway, say Karen Lederer and Eric Unis of Troutman Sanders LLP.